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Who are we to judge? February 3, 2010

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It’s amazing how events such as the Haitian earthquake can bring out the ignorance in people. I think it’s wonderful that so many people are donating to the Haitian people. It’s wonderful.

However, I think it’s ridiculous and absolutely absurd for people to try and justify the earthquake by saying “oh, well, they made a deal with the devil.” WHAT?? Thousands of people lost there lives and many more unfortunately might, and you say that, basically, they had it coming? Get outta here. Who are you and who made you the final decider. You want to try and say that what someone TOLD you haitians did years ago is the reason for the earthquake. That has to be one of the most inconsiderate things I’ve heard. Do you know that almost 80% of the country is catholic? “Well, people practice it in their homes” is the response I’ve heard to that.

Ok, first of all, we live in America. You think people in power haven’t made deals with the devil? What about other countries that openly practice idolatry? No one is talking about them, but yet Haiti is being punished because of it’s historical links to vodou? And if you wanna start talking about Vodou, at least learn what it is. It’s isn’t devil worship. It comes from traditional african religions that enslaved african brought with them when they were forced from their homeland.

And what if this wasn’t a punishment towards them? What if it was meant for us? God bless the many who have lost their lives due to the earthquake and may God forgive them their sins and grant them paradise. The Haitian people are a strong people. That little country has been thru sooo much yet the survive. From THEE ultimate slave revolt, to being manipulated by the French Government, to previous earthquakes and tsunamis, to a corrupt government, and so on, they keep on surviving. Maybe it was meant for us to open our eyes and stop worrying about which celebrity is sleeping with who and worry about some serious issues. Haiti needed help long before the earthquake. Sure America may be in a “recession” but compared to Haiti, we are still living WELL.  It is our obligations as human being to help those who need it. There are an estimated 308,613,726 people in America. Imagine if every american donated $1 to Haiti. Amazing.

So stop trying to justify a tragedy. Stop acting as if you are above these people. You aren’t perfect. Just as quickly as their lives were turned upside down, yours can be too. Remember that…

Stay tuned for another moment in the life……..

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Please Pray For Haiti January 13, 2010

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Haitian capital largely destroyed in quake

Casualties severe and widespread throughout Port-au-prince msnbc.com and NBC News
updated 12:45 a.m. ET, Wed., Jan. 13, 2010

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Haitian capital was largely destroyed in the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in more than 200 years. Journalists from The Associated Press described severe and widespread casualties after a tour of streets where blood and bodies could be seen. 

The damage was described as staggering even in a country accustomed to tragedy and disaster. AP reporters said the National Palace was a crumbled ruin and tens of thousands of people were homeless. 

Many gravely injured people sat in the street, pleading for doctors many hours after the quake. In public squares thousands of people were singing hymns and holding hands. 

The quake had a magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by numerous aftershocks, one with magnitude 5.9, the USGS reported. 

“The whole city is in darkness. You have thousands of people sitting in the streets with nowhere to go,” said Rachmani Domersant, an operations manager with the Food for the Poor charity. 

In the hillside neighborhood of Petionville, Domersant said he saw no police or rescue vehicles. 

“People are trying to dig victims out with flashlights,” he said. “I think hundreds of casualties would be a serious understatement.” 

“People are out in the streets, crying, screaming, shouting,” Karel Zelenka, director of the Catholic Relief Services office in Haiti, told The Washington Post. “This will be a major, major disaster.” 

Reuters video showed numerous bodies beneath collapsed walls and the presidential palace lying in ruins. President René Garcia Préval was reported to be safe. 

Numerous other public buildings were destroyed, including the parliament building, the Finance Ministry, the Public Works Ministry, the Palace of Justice and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Port-au-Prince, the national cathedral, Haiti TV reported. 

The main United Nations building in Port-au-Prince collapsed and a number of personnel were unaccounted for, said U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy. He said other U.N. installations also were seriously damaged. The U.N. has a 9,000-member peacekeeping force in Haiti, following a 2004 rebellion. 

The executive director of Haitian Ministries for the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., Emily Smack, said she believed two of the organization’s staff, both Americans, were trapped in their partially collapsed mission house. 

The earthquake also destroyed much of the Port-au-Prince air traffic control tower, and flights were being rerouted by other Haitian air traffic facilities. 

‘A real killer’
USGS geophysicist Kristin Marano called it the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti. In 1946, a magnitude-8.1 quake struck the Dominican Republic and also shook Haiti, producing a tsunami that killed 1,790 people. 

The temblor appeared to have occurred along a strike-slip fault, where one side of a vertical fault slips horizontally past the other, said earthquake expert Tom Jordan at the University of Southern California. The earthquake’s size and proximity to populated Port-au-Prince likely caused widespread casualties and structural damage, he said. 

“It’s going to be a real killer,” he said. 

The shaking was felt more than 300 miles away in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republican, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A tsunami alert was issued but later canceled 

U.S. says it’s ready to assist
U.S. officials in Haiti reported that all land telephones and cell phones were down in Port-au-Prince, a city of almost 2 million people. 

But Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, said from his office in Washington that he was able to speak to Préval’s chief of staff, Fritz Longchamp, just after the quake hit. He said Longchamp told him that “buildings were crumbling right and left” near the national palace. 

The State Department said the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince was still functioning. It said the embassy was “currently accounting for staff and attempting to activate the U.S. citizen warden network.” 

Offers of help immediately poured in. 

In Washington, President Barack Obama ordered U.S. officials to start preparing to deliver humanitarian assistance. 

The Red Cross directed $200,000 to immediate assistance, and the Inter-American Development Bank, a Washington-based agency that focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean, said it also would provide $200,000 in immediate aid for food, water, medicine and temporary shelter. 

Haitian musician Wyclef Jean urged his fans to donate to earthquake relief efforts, saying he had received text messages from his homeland reporting that many people had died. 

“We must think ahead for the aftershock, the people will need food, medicine, shelter, etc.,” Jean said on his Web site. 

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the United Nations’ special envoy for Haiti, said in a statement that “my U.N. office and the rest of the U.N. system are monitoring the situation, and we are committed to do whatever we can to assist the people of Haiti in their relief, rebuilding and recovery efforts.” 

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti,” Clinton said. 

‘White cloud of smoke’
The quake struck shortly before 6 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET), and hundreds of people streaming into the streets in panic. 

Marie Michel, a nurse from New York, was in Montagne Noir, a mountain suburb south of Port-au-Prince, for a funeral. She said she had heard unconfirmed reports that at least one person was killed when a large supermarket nearby was flattened. 

“I heard a rumble, and then the house started to shake — a 5,000-square-foot solid house shook like a leaf,” Michel told NBC News. “I can’t imagine what other people felt.” 

“From where I’m standing, it looks like smoke, like a white cloud of smoke, and I’m thinking it’s maybe the dust from buildings collapsing — from shanty houses collapsing. … We’re still quite shaken.” 

Dixie Bickel, who runs two orphanages outside Port-au-Prince with her daughter, Laurie, told NBC News that the earthquake was the worst she had experienced in her 19 years in the country. One of the orphanage buildings, four stories tall, visibly twisted for about 30 seconds, and babies were knocked out of nannies’ arms, she said. 

All of the orphanages’ children were accounted for, Bickel said. 

Luke Renner, an American humanitarian worker based in the city of Cap-Haitien on the north coast of the island, told NBC News he felt the “whole world shaking.” He said that he thought trees were going to fall down but that there did not appear to be any major structural damage in that city. 

Most of Haiti’s 9 million people are desperately poor, and after years of political instability the country has no real construction standards. In November 2008, following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60 percent of the buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances. 

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said it was “the worst possible time for a natural disaster in Haiti.” The country  is still recovering from a string of devastating storms just over a year ago: Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike and Tropical Storm Fay. 

Those disasters are believed to have killed 800 people and caused $1 billion in damage. 

By Alex Johnson and James Eng of msnbc.com with Carlo Dellaverson, Jay Blackman, Mark Murray and Courtney Kube of NBC News. The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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